Moroccan desert soup

Recipe by Damaris Beems
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Course: SoupCuisine: Moroccan




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Sweet and spicy. Savory too. Exactly the right consistency. Soft in your mouth. Complex flavors without being distracting. It sounds like literature, but it is simply a hero of a soup. An every day soup. Stand up whoever doesn’t like this soup. I accept the challenge. That’s how confident I am.


  • 1 onion

  • 5 stems celery

  • 500 gram carrots

  • 150 gram red lentils

  • 1 table spoon harissa

  • 250 gram dates

  • 2 table spoon cumin seeds

  • 1,5 liter vegetable broth

  • 1 Lemon

  • 0,5 bouquet cilantro and chives

  • olive oil

  • salt and pepper

Cooking time

  • Heat the olive oil in a soup pan. Fry the onion in it until soft and translucent. Then add the celery and stir. Let it cook for a while. Peel the carrots and cut them into pieces and then add them too.
  • Dissolve the vegetable stock tablets in 1.5 liters of hot water and pour it over the vegetables. Stir well and let everything boil for a while. Add the lentils and let them cook.
  • Meanwhile, pit the dates and cut them into quarters. Keep a few for garnish. You cut it into small pieces.
  • Now add the dates and let the soup boil for 5 minutes. Puree the soup with the immersion blender. See for yourself if it’s too thick or not. You can always add a little water to it. Season with the harissa and with salt and pepper.
    Finely chop/cut the herbs and use them for garnish. Just like the finely chopped dates you’ve been holding back.

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